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  • Venus Torabi presents at CGSA

    Venus Torabi will be presenting at CrISIS: A Study of Propaganda Games as Digital Recruitment Tools. The conference is being held from May 30 – June 3, 2018.

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  • Venus Torabi presents at Inhuman Gaze conference

    Venus Torabi will be presenting “Poetics of Vision, Politics of Reception: The Death Gaze in Neda Agha-Soltan’s Case” at the Inhuman Gaze conference in Paris from June 6-9 2018.

    More information can be found here

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  • Joshua Manitowabi presents at NAISA Conference

    Joshua Manitowabi will present his paper: It Speaks to Us: Deciphering Eurocentric Versions of History through Anishinaabemowin at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference in Los Angeles, CA taking place May 17-19, 2018.

    Additional information on the conference can be found here

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  • Brett Robinson presents at Congress 2018

    Brett Robinson will be presenting with the Film Studies Association of Canada at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2018. The conference is being held at the University of Regina, Regina, SK from May 26 to June 1, 2018.

     

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  • Candace Couse named finalist in national research video contest

    Candace Couse is among 25 finalists in the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)’s The Storytellers video contest.

    Couse researches visual representations of illness in the arts and medical sciences, looking at how Western understandings of death and dying confine people to narrow definitions of illness and health.

    More information can be found here

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  • Mitch Goldsmith presents at Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference

    Mitch Goldsmith presents “Dying to be Gay: The Sex and Species Politics of Experimenting on ‘Gay’ Animals”

    Nonhuman animals have long functioned as models, referents, and metaphors for humans. This modeling often includes anthropomorphic tropes that promote regressive and deterministic sex and gender norms among animals and humans.  This practice of anthropomorphic projection achieved a new veneer of scientific legitimacy in the 1990s when the idea of a biological basis of homosexuality, popularized by the neuroscientist Simon LeVay, and rooted in experiments on animals, began to circulate amongst scientists, activists, and in the press.  This science of homosexuality is based largely on specious experiments on mice, rats, and other animals and involves acute and unjustifiable animal suffering and death. Furthermore, these studies center a contrived, deterministic understanding of homosexuality that is divorced from the rich sexual expression of animals and humans.  Animal experimentation belies what Judith Butler identifies as the shared precarity of humans and animals, and the realities, and necessities, of “living socially” in relationships of responsibility and reciprocity. In its stead, this paper advocates a queer turn towards what Rosi  Braidotti calls zoe-centered egalitarianism, an affirmative, political ethic of interconnection and interspecies subjectivity. I will show that contemporary queer eco-sexual movements further a zoe-centered egalitarianism and offer alternative social and species relations to those enacted in experiments on animals.

    Conference details can be found here.

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  • Joshua Manitowabi presents at Joint Policy Symposium

    Joshua Manitowabi will participate in the panel “Cultivating Indigenous Intelligence the Canadian Education System: (Im)possibilities” at the First Joint Policy Symposium on Indigenous Governance & Settler Aboriginal Policy in an Era of “Real Change,” on March 16, 2018. 

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  • Thesis defence – Terrance McDonald

    Terrance McDonald will defend his thesis, “Mediated Masculinities: The Forms of Masculinity in American Genre Film, 1990-1999,” on February 16, 13:00-16:00, in Welch Hall 147. All are welcome.

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  • Callie Long at the December 2017 HRI Symposium

    Callie Long presented the paper “Wor(l)ds of Hurt” at the HRI December Symposium on Thursday December 14, which triggered some passionate discussion!

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  • Venus Torabi’s work featured in the National post

    1st year student and Trillium recipient Venus Torabi was interviewed by the National Post about her thesis research project. Her work on video games and how they may help fight ISIS is featured in their article. The program director also discusses the main distinctive features of the program.

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